I’ve noticed that I eat a lot more over the holidays, what can I do?

I’ve noticed that I eat a lot more over the holidays, what can I do?

Have you ever noticed that many of our holiday traditions- family, religious and social traditions- are based around food, drink, and all kinds of decadent treats? Also, have you noticed that a lot of this revolves around our senior friends and family? Grandmas and Grandpas around the world are famous for their “secret” holiday recipes… None of which are free of calories, sugar, or flavor!

Just because “It’s the Holidays” is no excuse for our senior friends and family to loosen the belt and put on a few extra pounds. As much as they love to bake, grill, and overall help us indulge our sweet tooth, we can all help with awareness of healthy eating over the holidays.

Here are a few tips from Harvard University for a senior to eat healthier over the holidays:

  1. Budget wisely. Don’t eat everything at feasts and parties. Be choosy and spend calories judiciously on the foods you love.
  2. Drink to your health. A glass of eggnog can set you back 500 calories; wine, beer, and mixed drinks range from 150 to 225 calories.
  3. Make room for veggies. At meals and parties, don’t ignore fruits and vegetables. They make great snacks and even better side or main dishes — unless they’re slathered with creamy sauces or butter.
  4. Put on your dancing (or walking) shoes. This is a great way to work off some holiday calories. If you are at a family gathering, suggest a walk before the feast or even between dinner and dessert.

Call us today to learn more about life at Danbury Senior Living can help with a healthy diet over the holidays!

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